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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post

Is it possible that with all their improvements to snowmaking over the last 10 years or so, they've beaten the Iceface moniker... though the reputation hasn't shook?
 

That's the point.  It's all snowmaking and grooming.  If it's not groomed flat then it's hard (read icy).  They don't get the snow that VT gets so the woods offer fewer opportunities for good conditions.  Whiteface is a great mountain for cruisers and fast skiing.  But it's all about "processed" terrain. 
post #32 of 38
 I am no longer a K fan, but I will say that you can "hide" there, I mean you can find remote parts of the mountain and run the less popular chairs to avoid the crowds. Of the 3 that you mentioned, Stowe, K then Iceface. I would throw Sugarbush into the mix, it is up there with Stowe. 
post #33 of 38
I'd go with Stowe.  I haven't been to Killington since '07, but I would guess the crowds might be a bit much.  If you are looking for something challenging how about Gore?  It's not my cup of tea (too steep) but it might be worth investigating.
post #34 of 38
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Is it possible that with all their improvements to snowmaking over the last 10 years or so, they've beaten the Iceface moniker... though the reputation hasn't shook?

I skied there last March. There hadn't been any kind of inclement weather, in fact it was spring conditions most places. I saw the iciest ice I've ever seen at Whiteface. Honestly, icier than an injected race course. I don't know how they did it. That said, cool mountain. The vertical there is a bit like Killington's though. You don't really ski it top to bottom. It's just not laid out that way.
post #35 of 38
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Originally Posted by StuckInTheEast View Post

Stowe is an awesome mountain, but I think the other guy I'm going with has fallen in love with Killington's trail count- ridiculous, as in 4 days, we're not skiing 140 different trails anyway.

How do I convince him?  Can someone give me a definitive experience of Killington?

Killington's trail count of "140" (or whatever it is these days) has been greatly inflated by virtue of the fact that virtually every trail has an "upper", "middle" and "lower" section.  They have at least one " trail" that's about 5 turns long.  If you counted Killington's trails by any normal measure, I'd guess you'd get 65-ish.

Stowe somehow cranked their trail count up to 100+ a year or two ago by playing the same "upper / middle / lower" game.  , but in reality, they have 48 trails -- the Great 48.
post #36 of 38
I skied at Whiteface on President's Day weekend (Saturday) 2 years ago.  It looked like Stowe midweek in January in terms of crowds.  You're not going to see any powder there, as Paul Jones noted - it doesn't get the snowfall that Stowe, Jay, or the Mad River Valley areas get.  Just the same, I've had many great days skiing in the few tree runs they have there.  Can't vouch for the comment that the Slides haven't been open since 2003...seem to recall a few days 2 years ago, but they were days I couldn't get there.  I didn't even get up to Whitface once last year, so wasn't paying attention.  In terms of high speed groomers with deceiving vertical and pitch, I've never seen a place like Whiteface east of the Eisenhower Tunnel.  My favorite area in the East will always be Stowe, but I vividly remember 45 minute liftlines during President's Week in the late 70's and early 80's.  I've only skied midweek at Stowe in the last 10 years.
post #37 of 38
At one point Killington's trail count was at 200 I think.  I believe Whistler's count was 200 a few years ago.  Knowing that, you can ignore the value of trail counts.

During Prez weekend, if you must ski, it's best to find the ski area that manages crowds the best.  I haven't been to Killington since they've "changed" but I've always found the crowds to be a nightmare.  I'd only go back with a free lift ticket and only a non-holiday weekday.

Sugarloaf is wonderful but, due to their lift system, they simply don't manage crowds well.  I would never go there on Prez weekend.  I would, however, go to Saddleback because I'd expect crowds to be comparitively light.  Sunday River will definitely be crowded but they manage and spread the crowds better than any ski area in the east I've been to.

Jay also sucks at handling crowds.  They will be overwhelmed that weekend. 

I'd go for Sugarbush.  They'll have crowds but it won't be like some others, and the Bush is huge; decently spread out.  Work in MRG if you can, even if your friend is going there.  If any place is worth visiting twice it's MRG (providing decent snow).

Never been to Stowe or Whiteface.

Good luck
post #38 of 38
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Thanks a bunch, guys!
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